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Much of the Drama of "Romeo and Juliet" is generated by Shakespeare's juxtaposition of love, death and violence

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Much of the Drama of "Romeo and Juliet" is generated by Shakespeare's juxtaposition of love, death and violence William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" was written in the early 1590's and is still considered to be one of his finest pieces of work. The storyline is based on a translation of an Italian poem and is also influenced by tales of famous family feuds. Romeo and Juliet is a great example of an early Shakespearean tragedy and can also be related to a medieval style one, which is a calamity based on fate and coincidence. The play itself is set in the late 16th century, which was a time period in which theatre was really gaining in popularity. Romeo and Juliet tells the story in which love is thwarted by the day-to-day brutality of the family feud between the Montagues and the Capulets. It represents an example of the type of literature that forms part of the English Renaissance, a movement that saw English literature move to another level not seen before. This was where playwrights such as Shakespeare himself, as well as Marlon and Kyd really became publicly known. ...read more.


However, this is about to change dramatically with the encounter between Romeo and Juliet. At the party, the Capulet nephew, Tybalt, notices Romeo and his Montague friends. He is very passionate about the feud between the two families: "Uncle, this is a Montague, our foe"..... Tis he, that villain, Romeo". This passion turns into rage on this occasion, but Capulet marks his authority and basically pulls rank on Tybalt and orders him to behave himself. Tybalt gradually withdraws from the potential quarrel but definitely does not forget. This aggression shown by him will have more serious consequences later in the play, as it sets in motion a chain of events the young couple, soon to be lovers, cannot control. This small, but significant, disagreement precedes the first meeting between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The significance of the two events is immediately obvious as it is clear that the lovers will never find happiness together. In addition to this, from a very early stage, Romeo and Juliet display an extremity of emotion frequently expressed in terms related to death: "More peril in thine eye than twenty of their swords...My life were better ended by their hate, than death prolonged, wanting of thy love" Romeo is basically saying that if he cant have the love of Juliet, it would be better if he were killed. ...read more.


Both Romeo and Juliet commit the ultimate act of love in the climax of the play. From the opening lines of the play it was inevitable that it could only end like this. The final act of love followed by the inevitable prospect of death or violence, this has been the problem the duration of the play. The style of language used by Romeo is very similar to the language he uses in act one, scene one. 'Here, here will l remain with worms that are thy chambermaids; o here' It is a typical Shakespearean era manner of phrasing sentences, with the first few words repeated at the end of the sentence. By the time Juliet kills herself, Romeo has time to recite a long farewell. However, Juliet did not. By the end of the play, Verona is nothing more than a societal wasteland; so many lives had been lost in both families. The ultimate contrast between love and death occurs in the final scene. Romeo's love for Juliet drives him to commit suicide, as he believes his life is not worth living when she cannot by his side. Everything beautiful in the play has now gone. The love died along with their young lives. Jonathan Cox 1 ...read more.

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